Getting started streaming with a streaming hardware device is typically a very simple setup. First, you will need to connect your video source (such as a camera or your video mixing output) and your audio to your streaming hardware. Then, you will need to configure your streaming hardware to send your live stream to Sunday Streams.
Below is a quick video showing you these steps using a LiveShell X streaming hardware device and a simple HD input, however, the steps are typically very similar for any streaming hardware device you would use. Below the video is some additional information that can be helpful when configuring your streaming hardware device.
TWO IMPORTANT NOTES: The item about matching the bit rate(s) and resolution(s) set in your encoder and your Sunday Streams Manager is a very important step. Skipping this step can cause playback issues. Secondly, the section at the end of this article discussing a local backup is also very important and is highly recommended. For example, if your local internet connection goes down during your service due to weather, the broadcast may not be fully recorded on the Sunday Streams server. Having a complete local backup available to upload in situations like this can be very important.
Quick Start Guides for Streaming Hardware:
In our demo video above, we used the LiveShell X streaming hardware device, however, you can choose from a number of streaming hardware options. View more of our compatible streaming hardware options:
Many of our clients already have a video source, whether it is a single camera or a advanced multi-camera setup. However, if you need a camera, we have some recommendations on our Recommended Hardware webpage.
Video Capture Device:
A separate video capture device is not required with streaming hardware as these devices are typically built into the streaming hardware unit.
Setting Bit Rates and Resolution:
Setting the proper bit rate and output resolution is very important for ensuring a stable broadcast. Please see our Set proper bit rate for your broadcast and our Set your proper output resolution help articles for more details. Also, please see our 10 helpful tips section for more general information on fine tuning your broadcasts.
Additionally, the bit rate(s) and resolution(s) you use in your encoder must match the bit rate(s) and resolution(s) listed in your Sunday Streams Manager in the Broadcast Settings -> More... -> Bit Rates & Resolution section. The actual broadcast bit rates use must match those listed in the Sunday Streams Manager so that the adaptive bit rate players will function properly. If you are noticing any playback issues, this is a good first place to look to make sure your broadcast encoder settings match those in the Manager.
Multi Bit Rate:
Using the multi bit rate options is recommended if you are doing an HD stream. This enables your viewers with lower bandwidth connections, such as some mobile networks or slower home networks, to be able to watch the lower bit rate version without buffering or other playback issues. Details for setting up multi bit rate broadcasts are included in the setup documentation for streaming hardware as well as the PC and Mac encoder software.
Preview Live Stream:
In your Sunday Streams Manager you can preview your live stream in the Dashboard -> Live Preview section.
Player and Embed Options:
You and make your videos available to your viewers by embedding directly in your website or by using our Go Player. Visit our Players and Embed Options section for more information.
Local Backup Highly Recommended:
Although the Sunday Streams system does record your broadcasts for archiving purposes, recording a local backup copy is highly recommended in case there are any issues (e.g. your local internet connection goes down during bad weather). Many software encoders have a local recording option and having a complete local backup available to upload in situations like this can be very important.